we welcomed our son Axel Anton Visser on Tuesday 10 May. he wasn’t breathing on his own when he arrived and had to be transferred to a specialised NICU at a hospital across town where he stayed for a week. needless to say it was a harrowing time for us. staying in a different hospital on the night he was born, without him, was especially difficult. thankfully i could be discharged the very next day – and so began a week of twice daily visits, expressing and freezing breastmilk and getting to know our baby in the company of beeping machines. the fact that we couldn’t hold him for almost 4 days was the worst, but when we finally could it was the best. i have a newfound respect for doctors, nurses & paramedics; the medical staff who took care of him (and us) over that time were a saving grace.
he finally came home with us after a week, and we were those typical first time parents in the hospital parking lot with a crying newborn while struggling to get the car seat installed. it was a normal and hilarious way to start our life with him! now we are in that newborn haze, getting to know each other through late night feeds and amazingly dirty nappies. you may not see me around here for a little while, but i will start posting when our new life evens out. he is the cutest & the best and we are so in love.